Ohio - Chemical Hazards: Prohibitions

Prohibitions Or Restrictions
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State law encourages districts to utilize environmentally-safe chemicals and to reduce chemical exposure in schools.

Ohio Administrative Code 901:5-11-15 Pesticide use in schools.

(A) This rule shall apply to the following:

  • (1) School classroom buildings established under Chapter 3311. of the Revised Code;
  • (2) Education service centers and community schools established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code;
  • (3) STEM schools established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code; and
  • (4) Non-public schools chartered by the board of education pursuant to section 3301.16 of the Revised Code.

(B) Pesticides for the control of structural pests shall be applied at the school only if:

  • (1) The pesticide is applied:
    • (a) At a time after the school day has concluded;
    • (b) When school is not in session; or
    • (c) Either a period of four hours or the minimum time specified by the pesticide product's label applied prior to the beginning of the school day, whichever is longer.

Ohio Administrative Code 901:5-11-15 Pesticide use in schools.

(C) Any school subject to this rule shall:

  • (1) Develop a policy whereby parents or guardians of minor children, adult students, faculty and staff who are enrolled or employed at the school may request and receive prior notifications of service visits during which pesticide may be applied at the school. The method of prior notifications shall be determined by the school and may include but shall not be limited to e-mail and listserv methods; and
  • (2) Designate a school employee to serve as a contact person for pesticide applications made at the school. This contact person shall maintain for inspection by the director or their authorized representative:
    • (a) Records provided to the contact person pursuant to paragraph (B)(4) of this rule. The records shall be maintained for a period of one year following the date of the pesticide application; and
    • (b) Documentation that requested notifications were made pursuant to the school policy established under paragraph (C)(1) of this rule.
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